Daily Tech Briefing: Oct. 24, 2014

IBM and Microsoft announced that they are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. According to the companies, as adoption of hybrid cloud computing accelerates, this relationship will give clients, partners and developers more choice in the cloud.

This Microsoft announcement opens the door for millions of .NET developers to build apps using IBM Bluemix platform-as-a-service technology, which Big Blue has invested $1 billion in. Gaining access to the millions of .NET developers could also be huge for IBM and its emerging Bluemix platform.

Microsoft's move to Windows 10 continues with a release of a new build of the operating system and announcements of what the company is planning to do to make Windows more secure and easier to administer. Microsoft has also released a new build of its Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Microsoft's Jim Alkove, who heads the Windows enterprise program management team, explained that Microsoft is concerned about the growing number of security breaches enterprise users are experiencing and wants to make Windows 10 much more secure.

Hewlett-Packard recently unveiled two new Moonshot compute modules and four new solutions optimized for specific workloads, including application delivery, video transcoding, Web infrastructure-in-a-box and managed Web hosting. HP officials explained that the goal of these new offerings is to provide application-specific compute capabilities on a choice of platforms in small, power-efficient compute modules that increase the performance-per-watt available to customers.

Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor of the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, came out with its 14.10 release. The release is called the Utopic Unicorn, and introduces improved application deployment and orchestration capabilities over the 14.04 release.

Mark Baker, Ubuntu server and cloud product manager at Canonical, explained that the Juju orchestration system has been expanded in the Ubuntu 14.10 release. In the Utopic Unicorn, Juju has the ability to "charm" Hadoop big data deployments, making it easier for server administrators to deploy big data processing and analytics.

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